Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman
Sermon 2. "The Religion of the Pharisee, the Religion of Mankind"

In this sermon Newman criticizes the religion of the Pharisee or the religion of the day as being “often very beautiful on the surface, but worthless in God’s sight; good, as far as it goes, but worthless and hopeless, because it does not go further, because it is based on self-sufficiency, and results in self-satisfaction.” This type of religion seeks external excellence, such as a superficial command of the passions and the exercise of a few virtues, without any real knowledge of Almighty God, and one’s sinfulness and dependence on God.

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